Many people are afraid to add color to their lives whether it’s their home, office, or their wardrobe and sense of style. They tend to stick to neutral colors because it’s safe. There’s no judgment or criticism from people or external factors. People are afraid of uncertainty and usually end up gravitating to what they are comfortable with and what gives them security and stability. Walking around downtown SF, it’s a sea of people in black jackets, pants, and black bags. Rarely do I see bright blue tops, yellow shoes, or neon green bags. We see color all around us in nature from the beautiful green trees to the soothing blue sky, and the colorful flowers scattered across open fields. It’s time to let go of your fears and incorporate color to your life starting with your interior space. Spring is the perfect time to do just that. It’s a time of renewal, freshness, and new energy. Declutter and get rid of anything that no longer serves your best interest. From soft shades to vibrant hues, here are 6 paint colors to spruce up your home or office this spring season.
1. Vibrant Coral
Coral is such a beautiful color. It reminds me of the vibrant colorful reefs hidden beneath the mysterious ocean waters. It makes sense that Pantone chose Living Coral as it’s 2019 color for the year to bring fun, optimism, and intimacy into the home. It’s described by Pantone as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” It’s a very vibrant color so if you aren’t ready to incorporate this into your space just yet, you can separate the color into its orange and pink counterparts. Sprinkle this color in small doses throughout a room from throw pillows, to artwork, to a freshly cut bouquet of flowers. It’ll liven up any space and bring new energy and freshness to your home or office.
2. Earthy Terracotta
If you are looking for a warm, earthy color, then Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay (their 2019 color of the year) is the color for you. It’s a warm terracotta color that embodies renewal, simplicity, and free-spirited bohemian flair. This is a beautiful, warm, and earthly hue that is a great way to connect with nature and bring the outdoors in. Use it as a bold statement in your bedroom or living room walls or as a backdrop for a kitchen or dining room. Balance the hue with wood furniture such as a wood coffee table or wood dining table, leather accents, and plants to really connect with nature and mother earth.
3. Mushroom Gray
Grays are still very popular but are taking a modest backseat to softer neutrals such as greige, taupe and mushroom. Mushroom grays are beige and browns with some gray in them with the beige and brown being the slightly more dominant color. This neutral color brings a lot of warmth and coziness into a space without making it feel dated or dull. According to Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin Williams, “Mushrooms will continue to be a key shape in the home. Their earthy color–gray blended with warm brown–gives off an old world, naturalist feel.” Use it on trim, cabinetry, or as a statement tile in a backsplash. The possibilities are really endless. It’s a timeless and classic color.
4. Deep Green
If you love nature, PPG’s Night Watch (PPG’s 2019 color of the year) is a hue you want to incorporate in your space. It’s a rich, luxurious, and classic shade of green which emulates the feeling of lush greenery and soothes with the healing power of nature. “This deep rich green is about bringing the healing power from the outdoors into your home. The dark green hue pulls our connection to the natural environments to recreate the calming, invigorating euphoria we feel when in nature” explains Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager. Use this color boldly and dramatically on your walls, ceiling, or cabinetry, or subtly as accents from bedding to drapery to tiles. Combine with wood elements which really creates a sense of oneness and connection with nature.
5. Buttery Yellow
I love walking into a room where I instantly feel a warm glow that envelops me. A buttery yellow shade will do the trick. Keep in mind that yellows do have more brown undertones as opposed to green, but pairs beautifully with wood accents. Benjamin Moore’s Golden Straw is a lovely golden yellow that casts a warm, soothing, and happy glow to any space. A soft yellow works wonders on cabinets and can have a calming effect on your kitchen, especially paired with a rich wood floor. It can really add a pop of color and brighten up a space transforming it from dull to vibrant. If you’re looking for a modern look and feel, try Benjamin Moore’s Dalila.
6. Soft Lavender
Lavender is an elegant color that can give a romantic look and feel to a space based on the furnishings and accessories in the room. It can add a touch of both feminine and masculine elements to a space. Benjamin Moore’s Lavender Mist is a soft lilac that you can incorporate in your space if you want to create a relaxing and soothing look and feel. Use this color in your living room or bedroom and contrast it with dark rich espresso wood accents for a clean, simple, and contemporary aesthetic to your home or office.